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this is r t it's midnight in moscow this is just over a week to go the no before the peace talks on syria but the opposition is still silent on taking part despite russia the u.s. and the u.n. warning the summit can't be delayed any longer also you run in the upcoming geneva two conference on syria a shift of washington stance russia on the un's invite makes to present real prospect with the u.s. saying it would welcome the step but under certain conditions. britain's prime minister's accused of bribing local authorities and homeowners to accept controversial fracking in their areas with a cash incentive to sweeten the deal. was when right's take a leap forward in germany we have people's concerns about spreading is
a cost to. good morning when i was kevin owen very good to have you with us our top story then the peace conference on syria can't be delayed any longer must happen at the end of the month that's the joint message from russia the us and the un after talks in paris but the main challenge is convincing the syrian opposition to take part because the group still hasn't given a definitive answer. from following the discussions and from one of the first things that we've heard from u.s. secretary of state is that russia the us and the un are completely on the same page that the only solution of the conflict in syria is a diplomatic one mr kerry also said that both the syrian authorities and the opposition are equally responsible for the atrocities committed there now we've also seen a slight shift on iran since he meet your special envoy on syria and syria lab are
off the ball for saying that they want to see iran taking part in the geneva two conference this is a key player in the region. but the u.s. has previously against but now according to u.s. secretary of state washington wouldn't mind seeing tehran there at geneva two if it supports the agreements reached earlier at the geneva one now mr also said that the authorities in syria have now confirmed that they are going to take part in the conference although one of the sticking points right now is that it's really unknown whether or not the opposition is planning to do the same although we are possibly witnessing now positive tendencies somewhat of a positive tendency when it comes to the relationship between the opportunities there and the rebel since we've heard today about possible exchanges of prisoners and allowing humanitarian aid to get in but according to sergei lavrov right now
regarding humanitarian aid the rebels are the key obstacles that's why moscow doesn't want to see the terror threat among the key issues to be discussed to be on the table there at geneva two now today we've heard nothing about calls for president assad having to step down which is different from sunday since yesterday the french prime minister when he met with the syrian opposition he did make these calls for the syrian president to step down which shows that right now even though the key players now working on organizing this conference they are completely on the same page when it comes to lots of key issues some countries in the west are sending mixed signals which could theoretically undermine the success of the conference. mixed signals to from america seems the u.s. secretary of state might well want to welcome iran's participation in the syria peace talks but just a few hours later quite different signals were emerging out of washington state the public representative since made it clear that john kerry made his comment in quote
full realisation that iran would have no time to comply our position on iraq because the patient has in no way to changed period. you know you could if it declared their duty the principles legally but we have no indication they're willing to do any of those things i don't believe that will change between now engine leave it to you so the secretary was in no way saying anything different or despite the glimmer of progress in paris infighting between the once united syrian rebels has worsened over coda linked groups have executed dozens of rival islamists in the last couple of days bringing the total number of victims between the rebels to over seven hundred this month alone this is how it pans out it's now estimated that the majority of rebel fighters belong to either islamist or terrorist groups one of the most notorious of those called the islamic state of iraq and the levant began a campaign called expunging filth which targets the u.s.
backed rebels from the free syrian army and the methods used by the jihad this executions bombings imposing sharia law and capturing people who don't share their beliefs in fact it's a group that so brutal even a coder's leadership has distanced itself from it yet it largely controls areas of iraq and syria which total an area larger than portugal you can see i'm here in black on the map. and our code is going to grow out of syria and iraq units the focus of today's cross talk going on r.t. here's what's ahead. but i want to go western media and politicians told us al qaeda was defeated or at the very least on its last legs the same media and politicians today tell us a very different story al qaeda is very much alive in fighting indeed across many countries of the middle east al qaeda is portrayed as a deadly minutes in this edition of crossfire we ask what is al qaeda today who supports it and who benefits from it.
but its promises by your cues to bribery by eco activists after he announced a lucrative incentive to areas which allow fracking for gas despite widespread concerns about its safety still david cameron's the local council keep all the money raised from business tax levied on energy firms who drill in their path she's also back to cash payouts to affected homeowners so first got the story. local authorities that allow drilling to take place will receive one hundred percent of the business rates from the scheme that's double the fifty percent the kids currently receive no government estimates say that could be worth one point seven million extra a year each site that it council agrees and there are other estimates as well that say that the industry could attract three point seven billion a year in investment and support an extra seventy four thousand jobs so it all
sounds like great news the financial incentives that have been laid on the table for the local authorities but campaigners and environmental groups of expressed their anger at the plan saying that it amounts to nothing more than a bribe we might have seen the government frack back pushing the benefits of this procedure but the extraction of shale gas from the ground to schools why spread control to see here in the country we've seen large scale protests in the recent months in fact on sunday we saw protesters from across the country marching to solve to an area where exploratory drilling is taking place in campaigners really concerned about a wide variety of issues with this controversial process including contamination of ground water the potential for the triggering of earthquakes we've already seen work on one exploratory site here. after it was thought that that was linked to earthquakes that had taken place in a nearby area this is
a really huge amounts of anger we've seen for campaigners and protesters of course the announcement coinciding with the expected announcement from french energy giant who are expected to say that they're going to be investing millions in u.k. drilling licenses now that's causing anger because you look to france it's actually got a ban on the process and campaigners are asking why when there's a ban in that country the energy company can then exploits the u.k.'s opening its tools to shell gas exploration in this way so despite the financial incentives that we've seen on the table i think a lot of people going to remain unconvinced. so furthur in london must go to jane thomas from friends of the earth in the u.k. she believes the technology is just not going to fit. we are not going to be fracking in the way that the us and certainly there is no evidence that bills will come down in this country in the u.k.
we look through a european sort of market so it's not the same as america where they could reduce prices so the first thing is that we have a very different pricing regime secondly in america what brought down the prices was that they had to go to the gas in the first place so in fact they had a very very different market when they entered that when shell got scientists and the third thing is we're never going to be able to extract in the fall you say they do in america and the other thing is is that there is huge amounts of concern about environmental impacts about the damage to the water system and about to the environment in the communities that are likely to be frank so maybe i have a bumper fracking probably there to cross the atlantic a different story is a squeeze on those that need. like putting somebody in prison that didn't commit a crime what did we do because this deficit automatic budget cuts for some of the most vulnerable americans out of their homes find out more about that later this
hour. trying to be accommodating to religious sensitivities is proving to be divisive in germany right now regional governments are increasingly incorporating muslims feelings into local legislation indeed a couple of districts where without christmas lights this season for fear of causing offense to non christians a recent survey suggests more than half of germans now fear the growing islamization of their country as peter all of a discovered. daily prayer in bremen. this region was one of the first in germany to make islam an official religion nearby lower saxony is the next in line with at least three other states expected to follow in the near future the change of status allows worshippers to have their religious holidays officially recognized burial rites carried out and classes taught in schools. but what does it mean to the islamic community in this part of
germany to have their religion officially recognized by the state. perhaps in the future it will help the building of a mosque or a school it will also help to bring communities together over the last ten years both sides have made efforts to build bridges and aid integration and the combined critics of the move claim this is being done to score political points here by hundreds of you can interpret this as a slam if occasion germany but i see it as more politically motivated politicians telling muslims islam come along but the majority of germans don't want this. only nineteen percent of germans believe that islam is compatible with german culture that's the lowest in europe thirty percent had specific concerns such as terrorism and almost half thought there are too many muslims in germany only around five percent of people in the country are muslims giving leave to the idea that the real issue for germans may be immigration not islam and i think it is more
a question of getting people in big numbers into germany than having a problem with these lab. they mix it up and they don't recognize it's a different story islamic leaders recognize that they have work to do to improve the image of their religion or we have a duty to change perceptions and prejudices unfortunately the media plays a big role they only show negative stories about was thems this makes it harder for us. whatever the public perception of islam in germany more and more federal states are set to follow suit and grant germany's almost four million muslims the same rights as the christian and jewish communities peter all over germany. just ahead in the program a final goodbye for the man who was once israel's most powerful figure but amid the solemnity hundreds of soldiers and an anti missile defense system to secure safe burial the former prime minister. told it should be soft on its most dangerous
foreigners. again final farewell to form a promise to ariel sharon but the atmosphere around the ceremony was exactly peaceful the israeli army and police have been on high alert with anti missile batteries dispatched around the burial site that is the country's air force carried out a strike on targets in gaza after two rockets were launched on to israeli territory is a middle east correspondent paula. the iron dome anti-missile defense system was deployed
over the south of the country with extra drones also being deployed over southern israel for the funeral process now this is because the ranch where sharon was buried is in rock of range from gaza and in recent weeks there has been rockets fired from gaza into israel of course israeli security did not want to take any chances of there being any kind of disruptions during the funeral itself in addition to this there were kilometers of roads around the burial place that was sealed off now the irony is that sharon always justified any kind of military or political action he took by saying that it was in the interests of israel security and here we seeing him buried in such an atmosphere of insecurity shorn is a very controversial figure for most israelis he is regarded as a military war hero who fought in almost all of israel's wars he's seen as a powerful politician and fearless leader he has the nickname of the bulldozer and
this is because when he set out to do something he allowed nothing to get in his way but among many in the arab world particularly palestinians he is despised and resume to you see him as the mastermind of crushing military action and military offenses against palestinians and for killing thousands of them since the war back in one nine hundred forty eight is this regarded as the butcher of beirut for the world he played in one nine hundred eighty two when palestinians were massacred in the camps of supper and shifted the eleven on by christian militia groups and there's a lot of anger still on the palestinian street that he was never brought to book for the role he played in those massacres and muscles also issued a statement saying that sharon's death is a historic moment that marked the disappearance of a criminal whose hands are covered with palestinian blood so certainly a very controversial figure that was buried in israel today. if you click onto our web site. lot of stories getting a lot of clicks at r.t.
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low income families in new york feeling the pinch of the so-called sequester the automatic multi-billion dollar spending cuts which kicked in last year after congress failed to agree a budget people have been told to find smaller cheaper apartments for instance or see their rent skyrocket and that one of the. my brother and his family inside and brown's home this is home for me a lifetime of memories are displayed everywhere you look one of my friends were there with me doing this is eighty three year old has lived in her one bedroom new york city apartment for thirty seven years this is the first played out for mercy from h.p.d. but it's a few months ago city officials told her she has to downsize her options move into a studio apartment or see your seven hundred dollar rent triple the only thing i know is they heard the word sequester whatever that means they have this thing is the city agency that subsidizes rent for low income new yorkers is facing a thirty six million dollars reduction due to budget cuts known as sequestration
as a result thousands of seniors like and are being forced to shrink their lives into smaller and cheaper apartments and that physically able. what i'm going to do it my friend if you sit on the sidewalk i can afford to stuart so what i'm going to do with my life is in this the support and civil rights attorney norman siegel who represents many sequestered seniors calls the downsizing campaign inhumane i can't dismiss the possibility that the effect of this will impact disproportionately on seniors and poor people because in the bigger picture the people who are in power and make these decisions. know that seniors might not fight back and it's a problem playing out nationwide potentially affecting more. low income american households in the coming year that's according to one washington budget think tank
but it's when social cuts drag in the nation's unprotected pension nears that experts say the effects will prove explosive what happens to a family watching the government of the country stick it to grandma when she's eighty years old you're making enemies you wonder why people join the tea party you wonder why people join occupy wall street while many times the reasons are grandma in the current era of budget cuts the country's elderly most in need of government assistance and stability are being displaced vulnerable citizens forced to spend their golden years suffering the consequences of washington's debt and overspending is like putting somebody in prison they didn't commit a crime that's the way i see it what did we do because this deficit and why are you going to balance it on the back to the seniors marina porton i am r.t. new york. you just didn't know this shooting a movie theater in the u.s.
state of florida is now one person dead violence reportedly erupted over a quarrel because of cell phone noise another victim was also injured in the shooting has been airlifted to a local hospital apparently suspects have been taken into custody we'll keep you posted on that developing story elsewhere thousands of protesters are blocking roads in bangkok in a bid to bring down the government of prime minister shinzo what going straight has also been to surround the cupboard ability to prevent it from functioning supporters of the ruling party of colorful counter rallies some twenty thousand police and soldiers will be deployed while officials say state of emergency may be declared it's a race fresh unrest. for car bomb killed at least twenty five people including children in the iraqi capital the explosions targeted busy streets and maybe shiite districts and also injured road eighty others and in a separate incident government open fire at a police checkpoint that killed three officers the. u.n. secretary general ban ki moon. visits baghdad to discuss the ranks worsening
security especially worry seems to be little letter in the violence in the central african republic capital despite the interim president earlier declared fighting over and claiming that deserted troops are returning to the barracks the provisional government also issued stern warning to rival muslim and christian militias to end clashes weeks of turmoil in the country's killed more than a thousand people. a top european court who's trying to make britain ease up or handing down whole life prison sentences for its most dangerous criminals you judges believe that offer no chance of parole even to those convicted of horrifying murders breaches international human rights but the u.k.'s fighting back to stop brussels muscling in its justice system laura smith reports. if we're talking prison sentences it's already very breath a knife to me in life but if the european court of human rights has its way it will become impossible for the courts in this country to hand down their most severe punishments that exceptional criminal never become eligible for parole condemned to
die in jail the a c. h. all got involved after convicted killers lodged a complaint with the courts saying it was deemed moralizing not to have a child support nice last year the courts the greens and ruled that having no rights to review contravene the european convention on human rights the justice secretary is set to fight the decision in a lengthy legal battle but many say he should go a step further and leave the court altogether the legitimacy is pretty much nonexistent. they're not a proper court they're made up of. often of politicians rather than lawyers many of . members tiny countries or countries with. very poor human rights record i mean we're getting a lot of interference in our legal system. i think it's
completely completely unreasonable i think we should make our own decisions aren't arrangements about the sentencing there are fewer than fifty prison is serving home life in england and wales the severest rights one of them's bridget he was sent down last year for murdering schoolgirl april j. he's launched an appeal i know that ian mclachlan has already avoided a whole life because of the. man while on day release from a murder that said meanwhile the u.k. government is entering into a little expensive fight with the course of human rights to stop the courts interfering with british justice. thanks for being a swerve you're watching international around the world it's the latest from the world of sport. coming up but if you're watching us in the u.k. evening to you go special program wind up. going underground with host action
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golden rice barkeep. hello welcome to the all too sport show another weekly roundup of top action from russia and around the globe with me take partridge and these are the headlines. trading places so much says comments so that k. city home that is unveiled at milan while aiden mcgeady leaves spots not for everton in the first they did russian top flight deals in the transfer window. while top challenge novak djokovic and victoria azarenka go all out to defend their
own study and i can titles as the first grand slam of the season gets underway even now but. a little pick journey with a months to go until the winter games marathon run out dimitri get off and you can see a seventeen hundred kilometer run from moscow to sochi in time for a new ceremony. all the news ahead of the winter olympics to come but first full bore where two big name foreigners have less the russian premier league and the first high profile deals of the january transfer window first republic of ireland wingnut aiden mcgeady has signed for english premier league side everton from spots at moscow for an undisclosed fee the twenty seven year old has penned a four and a half year contract after scoring the thirteen goals in ninety three matches for the red and whites since joining from celtic in two thousand and ten. and in italy for my test i must go matilda keisuke on that promise to lighten up
a samurai after the japan star joined ac milan as a free agent on the three and a half year deal the twenty seven year old will don the number ten jersey previously worn by the likes of ruud gullit and clarence adolph. i remember me to some right. for. i don't know the truth sure but i think the japanese men. maybe. still room in thirty and we have a good to disappearing. on me while sticking to the plan was based as approach last week after football's governing body played down a top official statement about moving the twenty twenty two world cup in council to the winter drought is playing to the flagship tournament will not be played in june in july because of searing temperatures in the gulf states but faces swiftly added
a decision on timing has not yet been taken while president sepp blatter also defended brazil's preparations for this summer's event despite failing to meet their deadlines. we will be ready i am sure that in in march called a stadium be ready and we have time enough to make somebody herzl's there in. this modern stadia i'm sure they will respond to the expectation of the spectators but also of the actors which are the players. moving on to basketball where russian side luck a massive car bomb lost their second straight top sixteen game in the maiden season in the euro league the krasnodar side travel to israel for the group that encounter what went down eighty five points to seventy five maccabi tel aviv week cameroonian sent us up a case study to sign twenty two points during his fifteen minutes on court as former russian coach david plotz.